Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Richard Dawkins at Christchurch: Life is Astonishing (Audio)

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March 10, 2010 at Christchurch Town Hall
Celebrated and controversial biologist, Richard Dawkins comfortably wears the mantle “Revolutionary Evolutionist”. Dawkins became a worldwide phenomenon with the publication of The Selfish Gene, which popularised a gene-centred view of evolution.

With The Blind Watchmaker, a searing criticism of creationism and intelligent design, and The God Delusion, Dawkins’ audience continued to grow. The God Delusion has now sold more than 1.5 million copies in English and has been translated into 31 languages.

With his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins returns to evolutionary biology, as he takes on those who question evolution through natural selection.
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  1. As a formerly religious person, these kinds of lectures feel an awful lot like sermons for the secular in a way, and I mean that as a good thing.

  2. If anyone in the audience has read both The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth, that speech would have been a complete waste of their time.

  3. Because only things that are new are worthwhile.

  4. Because only the first exposure to an idea is ever worthwhile?

  5. The message does suffer from diminishing returns that only really matters after like 5 returns. It's still a message people wanted to hear and people love the guy - he was treated like a rockstar according to the paper when he got here.

  6. Oh there's nothing wrong with hearing the message from the man himself.